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Alexander Graham Bell
We all think of the phone when it comes to Alexander Graham Bell, as he was the inventor of this amazing piece of technology. But he was much more than that…read on to find out all about him!
Alexander Graham Bell was a famous inventor.
He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 3, 1847. Wow that was a long time ago! He died in Nova Scotia in Canada on August 2, 1922.
Why Did Alexander Graham Bell Invent the Telephone?
This is quite an amazing story. He first became interested in the science of sound as both his mother and his wife were deaf.
His experiments in sound eventually allowed him to send voice signals down a telegraph wire. Wow!
He managed to get some money from someone and hired someone to help him. His name was Thomas Watson. The two of them together came up with the telephone! Pretty cool.
The first words spoken were by Alexander on March 10, 1876. Any guesses what he said? Well he said, “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.”
Loads of other scientists had very similar ideas and he had to race to the patent office to make sure he was the first one there and that he would be known for inventing the telephone.
Bell and the people who had lent him the money, called investors, formed the Bell Telephone Company in 1877.
There have been heaps of name changes to the company name, but today you will know the telephone company as AT&T. They sure should be grateful to Mr. Bell for what he did!
Did He Only Invent the Telephone?
He actually had loads of inventions and did experiments in many different areas of science. Here are some the things he invented:
The Metal Detector – Bell invented the first metal detector which was used to try and find a bullet inside of President James Garfield. Wow, that’s pretty neat.
Audiometer – A device used to detect hearing problems.
He did experimental work on aeronautics and hydrofoils.
He invented ways that helped in teaching speech to deaf people.
He made a device to help find icebergs.
Words you need to know
Aeronautics – the science of building things that fly like aircraft
Hydrofoils – a type of boat
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